Alachua County Library District is on a mission: Get more people to try free digital reading. While the Library District has offered eBooks and eAudiobooks to the community through their partnership with OverDrive for 10 years, many people are still surprised to learn their library card provides free access to more than 117,000 digital titles. The Library District encourages all library cardholders to curl up with a good eBook or download an eAudiobook for a holiday road trip through the end of 2017 and help the Library District reach 568,427 digital checkouts in OverDrive’s “Digital Dash” contest. These free checkouts and downloads could help the Library District win additional funds to buy more eBooks and eAudiobooks to expand its digital collection.
“Digital materials are rising in popularity,” said Renee Patterson, Technical Services Administrator at Alachua County Library District. “Last year, eAudiobook circulation increased by 23% and eBook checkouts increased by 4%. The best news is our library users saved $25 million when borrowing eBooks and eAudiobooks from our digital collection. Now is a great time to try out your tablet or stop by a local branch library for hands-on instruction on how to get started.”
The Library District’s digital books are free for anyone with a valid library card. Current popular titles include Origin by Dan Brown, Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Users can borrow bestsellers and classic eBooks and eAudiobooks to enjoy on smart phones, tablets, Kindles and other eReaders, MP3 players and computers. There’s also a variety of juvenile and young adult titles. Readers can access the library’s digital collection at www.aclib.us/media and start reading anytime.
The Library District partners with OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools; Safari, and RBdigital to provide access to a growing collection of digital materials. Through the end of the year, Overdrive’s Digital Dash Checkout Challenge offers library users the chance to help grow its collection.
For additional information, please visit the Library District’s eBranch at www.aclib.us or call (352) 334-3900.
If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).